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thanks for watching this special, "restoring the american dream: fixing education." you can read more of my thoughts in a "time" essay. join me for my regular program, "gps," sundays at 10:00 a.m. and "gps," sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. -- captions by vitac -- tonight, he practically invented talk television. he was oprah before oprah. >> thank you. i am flattered. >> now he's back. the one and only phil donahue. he's never been afraid to speak his mind. tonight i want to know what he thinks about the president. >> he's a liberal. by the way, we're not liberals anymore. >> the gop field. >> this is not the country that my parents raised me to pledge my allegiance to. >> and just for the hell of it, how i'm doing. >> you're pretty focused. i enjoy watching you. >> plus the youngest victim of
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the shooting that nearly killed gabby giffords. christina taylor green died before her 10th birthday. she was born on 9/11. now her parents tell her story. >> i was hoping it was a nightmare and i was going to wake up and kept pinching myself hoping it wasn't real. it was that horrendous. it was unbelievable. roxanna and john green. this is "piers morgan tonight." >> good evening. i probably wouldn't be doing this job were it not for my guests tonight. he did an astounding 6,000 shows over a quarter of a century and pretty much invented the daytime talk show. he's talked to everybody and tonight i'm delighted to say i have the great honor of being the latest person that phil donahue talks to. when i said i was interviewing you, extraordinary reaction. i put it on twitter this morning. you've done one tweet. is that right? that is you, isn't it?
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there's a phil donahue twitter site. it has one tweet. >> that's my secretary's creation. you know, i'm afraid i don't twitter. i do text. i don't when i'm driving. i've already been stopped for being on the phone. >> i got this amazing reaction. the general themes were mr. america, icon, tv legend. the outpouring of affection for you and respect, real respect, was extraordinary, probably more than almost any other guest i've had. how does that make you feel -- >> very good. >> when you look back on this career yuf -- you've had? >> i've had people come up to me in airports. thank you, mr. donahue. i'm mr. donahue now. because of you i got out of an abusive marriage. because of your show i came out to my parents. because of your show i learned to speak english. i've heard a lot -- that's more often now. and it's wonderful.
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i mean, to have had that kind of influence on people's lives. >> do you miss it? do you miss the daily connection? >> i don't miss the daily of it, you know, new tie and -- um, you know, it's -- you don't get to 6,000 shows unless you do it every day and we did. and we were very proud of the fact that we seldom repeated a guest. we always wanted them to wonder what was tomorrow. >> really? so you didn't repeat very often? >> not at all. not at all. very few. madeline marie o'hare was a repeat guest, ralph nader. and we would do, you know, we would do a lot of what you saw later on. we did my husband doesn't kiss me anymore and kaboom, the
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phones just smoked. couldn't get to them fast enough. shows like that were -- obgyns were great for us. women could audit their own doctor, call. this was when the pill was new and women were complaining about side effects and bloated vision and all -- >> what do you think about the way that television has evolved since your daily show stopped? >> well, you know, it's hard for me to -- i don't want to criticize them because i took a lot of heat. you know, we did -- we brought male strippers to daytime television. >> would you like that to be your epitaph, phil? >> well, it wasn't my idea. i said where are we going to put the microphone? and these guys came out all pumped, you know? and they started throwing things and the women in the audience were screaming.
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i have never seen such unbridled elation and excitement and fun that you -- and all the women were there, your baby sister, your grandmother. they were all there and they just had -- and this was in boston. and they had the time of their lives. and, boy, oh, boy, didn't they. that was a real good one. >> do you feel given that you were so cutting edge with what you were doing, do you feel like television, like life, it kind of evolves naturally and to be too critical of the next generation's way of doing things almost misses the point in sense that it goes that way? >> it's supposed to be different. yeah. >> that it would be strange if you did approve of it all in a sense, wouldn't it? >> yeah. and we were always -- i mean, we were always different. i mean, we better be because we were visually dull. you know, we had no spinning wheel. and there was a guy on the other
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station, monty hall was giving $5,000 to a woman dressed like a chicken salad sandwich. come on down! here i was with two talking heads, you know. and no one in new york or l.a. could understand this. we had folding chairs, two cameras, no desk, no couch, no band. >> amazing. >> and what got us here were issues. we knew because we were visually dull and against all those spinning wheels it would be -- the only chance we had would be to book issues that were seldom seen on television. and our first show was madeline marie o'hare, the atheist. we put a gay guy on in 1968 before stonewall. >> amazing. what was the reaction to that? >> everybody thought their kids would catch it if they watched
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it. it's really amazing where we've come with that particular revolution. it's been warp speed. >> what was your single favorite show of them all? if i could let you do one tomorrow, what would it be? >> we had a very good program with mohamed ali. i mean, really. this guy was -- >> the greatest. >> was wonderful. >> for a talk show, nobody more charismatic. >> well, we fought and he fell down. i got my hands in the air with the gloves, a vest, tie, he's on the floor of the stage. and really, i wanted it to look real. the tape's out there. i think oprah used it. and, man, we're going at it and, you know, i took my life in my hands doing it on one little pop and i'd still be asleep. but he played the game.
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he knew how to sell tickets. >> what was extraordinary about ali is he managed to combine this incredible talent. he was one of the great boxers in history but he also had this phenomenal brain and humor and self-marketing side, which you just don't get that package, do you, very often? >> mario did a book titled "the right words at the right time." it asked celebrities to share that moment when somebody said something to them that changed their lives. "the right words at the right time." and you could write your piece for the book or could have it written and then would you have final cut of whatever somebody else wrote. i did two. i did ted turner and i did mohamed ali. he would go to the armory in louisville, and he went one day and he saw gorgeous george and he's sitting there and this guy walks out with the velvet thing and the mink trim, the big cape
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and the hair, yellow hair going up and he would say -- ali is sitting there. he would say, don't you make fun of this pretty face. i got the prettiest face out there. you know, just like that. and people would boo, boo! and ali is sitting there and he's telling me about this and he said and i looked around and there were no empty seats. so he learned how to -- he got lucky and he found howard cosell as the perfect foil. and he also brought pride and boldness to young black males, you know. be proud and, you know, don't be quiet like the white people want you to be, be yourself. he made his parents nervous.
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he was a loud mouth kid. and that was so unusual for the time. black people were supposed to behave. >> he was, he was one of the great trail blazers, wasn't he? fearless. a fearless trail blazer. >> absolutely. i think he's the athlete of the 20th century and i also think he should have won the peace prize. i mean, they stripped him of his -- i ain't got nothing against no cong. >> amazing line. >> that took a lot of courage. and i just thought -- and i went to see him to write the piece. he has a ranch in northern indiana just like 25 minutes from my alma mater, notre dame, which is in south bend, indiana and it's just a straight shot to the ranch. so i drove in. i was expected. i had my -- and i parked -- sign said goat, g-o-a-t, greatest of all time.
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and i walk in and they have a real ring in here. a real ring. it was beautiful, big windows. you look out on the green, the forest like surrounding. it was lovely. and the door opened over here and out he comes. and he's coming for me and he gets about there far and he goes -- i haven't been that flattered in a long time. >> amazing guy. let's take a little break. when we come back, i want to talk to you about politics. i know you have a lively view on politics. i want to know what you think about the gop race, about president obama. who's going to win in november. let's talk after the break. clesw bengay cold therapy, it's pro-cool technology releases armies of snowmen masseuse who cuddle up with your soreness and give out polar bear hugs. technology. [ male announcer ] new bengay cold therapy. the same technology used by physical therapists. go to for a $3 coupon.
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the bottom line is, i don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money. i want to give them the opportunity to make the money
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and make their lives better. >> what do you have make of the rick santorum surge? >> and one of many. he's -- i saw him commenting on the straits of hormuz. he's got both guns out. he's already angry. you can see it. they better not block -- and you can hear the drums in the background, the heartbeat accelerates. he wants to go after iran. i mean, how many wars do you want to have in your lifetime? how many bombs are you going to drop? i just think it looks like we've become a warrior nation. we bombed grenada. grenada. we are dropping bombs on crowded cities at night where old people and children are sleeping, and we're watching it on cnn.
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and the only voice that's spoken up at all in this campaign about this is ron paul. why are we so interventionist he wants to know. what are we doing with all these wars? how are we safer? these are very common sense observations and no other candidate can possibly speak those words. it would be, they believe, politically fatal. now think about that. you can't -- you can't use an anti-war platform to get elected. so maybe that explains why it's so easy for us to go to war. norma solman has written a book "war made easy." essentially he says if the president of the united states wants a war, he can have one. i believe that totally. it's very, very hard to dissent.
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think about what's against the person who wants to say, wait a minute, wait a minute, are you sure? these are -- newt gingrich said ron paul's positions are dangerous. so it's fear. we have to be tough. and we're killing our young adult children because of this. >> what i've noticed about americans and america when it comes to this kind of thing is that anybody that dares speak up against a war instantly gets labeled, bracketed, a pacifist, a coward, weak. it's not really like that in many other countries. it mystifies me. you don't have to be a passivist to disagree with the iraq war. it's passivism if you say no watch is acceptable. if you say winston churchill had no right, neville chamberlain had no right to have a war with
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adolf hitler, that is passivist at its weakest. but when it comes to a war like iraq, the worlds's number one political power, number one economic power, has to go into a debate, go into one of these things without people being labeled a passivist. >> i'm not brave enough to be a passivist. i am like millions of other americans very, very concerned about our foreign policy behavior over the past several years. and the way that our -- the bedrock of this nation has been chipped away by the people who -- democracy, democracy, and they're turning their back on the bill of rights. we have people in cages with no habeas, no phone calls, no red cross. >> guantanamo you mean. >> yeah.
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this is not the country that my parents raised me to pledge my allegiance to. you know. you can't say you're a proud american and then waterboard somebody. you can't say you're a proud american and assassinate an american citizen in another country. those are mutually exclusive ideas. >> ron paul, i interviewed him yesterday. it's interesting you say this because his big thing and it's an impressive thing to say is he supports the constitution. >> i'm telling you -- >> and for that people are calling him crazy. i don't have a horse in the race, i'm british. >> isn't that amazing? >> here's a guy who repeatedly says i support the constitution and he's the one everyone calls cranky. >> yes, everything is turned upside down here. so ron paul's concern about our adventurism is in newt
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gingrich's word dangerous. you know, peace is dangerous. that's -- and the people who call for it are marginalized. we don't get it, we don't understand. liberals are always scolding. i've had more than one person say if a liberal complains about something, they will respond by saying that's the trouble with you liberals, you don't like anything about america. so if you criticize america, that means you don't like anything. that's how they just push back. >> playing devil's advocate, though, phil, isn't it also true that the right wing, the republicans who espouse traditional social conservatism, they also get the same kind of caricaturing by the left? it does work both ways. >> yes, it does. i agree. and i think about myself, you know, about being messian ic. the only thing separating us from canada is an imaginary line
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and our health care costs twice as their. the only thing preventing us is a dogma, a social-ism. they're so intimidated and they're so hateful of socialism, that they're willing to continue a health care system in this nation that is a security risk. >> i find it extraordinary coming from a country where you have a national health system where it's free. if you are young, old, poor, race doesn't matter. it's the same. it's the same. and it's not perfect but the ideology is pretty good. it's like we will look after you whatever your means. here barack obama comes in, carries out an election pledge that got him elected, one of the things that got him elected to
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basically expand free health care, cheap health care to people who couldn't afford it and i couldn't believe it, he gets absolutely hammered. this is now being seen as an abject failure by him and his administration. and i'm sitting there going let me get this straight, a president says when i get into power, i'm going to make it more available for poor people to have better health care than they're getting already and this is an abject, miserable failure that he should be lambasted for? >> he's calling for a nanny government. he's a liberal -- by the way, we're not liberals anymore. >> what have you become? >> nobody runs around saying i'm a liberal, i'm a liberal. we've been so marginalized, we're almost ashamed of the name. we're not liberals anymore, we're progressives. excuse you for breathing. >> hold that thought. we'll come back and talk about
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i'm sorry that we are out of time. you are really fascinating. >> but you are wonderful. i said it when we were off the air. and i want to say, you are loving and generous and you like women and it's a
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pleasure. whoever is the woman in your life is very lucky. >> marlo thomas and we hope that you have a nice day. >> that is a fantastic moment in television because in 1977, that woman is your future wife, marlo thomas. and as you hold hands there flirting for america, if i may say so, phil donahue, you're falling in love, aren't you? you can tell, written all over both your faces. >> well, she was an impure thought. i don't know if you have to be catholic to understand what that means. >> i am a catholic and i do. >> and it's true. there i was -- she was just obviously a very exciting person. she was not only gorgeous, she had great facility, language and she had opinions and she was a feminist, she was somebody you could argue with. she really had something to say that you could push back or agree with or bounce off of. and so she was a combination of good things for guests.
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we all want celebrities but the best are the celebrities who really have something to say and she did. and here i am 32 years later. >> you've been very honest i think about the fact your first marriage probably failed because you worked too hard. you were married to the job if you like. do you, even though you've had an incredibly successful marriage since then, is that still a regret to you? if you had your time again -- it's the perennial debate, isn't it? how hard do you work? how much do you sacrifice? when you look back, what do you think? >> well, it is certainly true. first of all, i was a single parent. i had four sons. and, you know, i was on the air every day. i had to be careful about what i said. one time i was on the air and i said jimmy won't eat anything green. and a kid in his class the next day said, hey, jim, how come you don't eat your peas? and he was angry.
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and i can't say i blame him. i get it now. i mean, it was an invasion of his privacy. and so i backed up and almost never really made any kind of personal detailed reference to my family. i felt i had a responsibility to protect. it's not that easy to have -- to have a celebrity parent can be a real pain in the neck and i realize that now more than i did than when i was there. >> there's another woman in your life who paid a great tribute to you, oprah, when she ended her long-running show. it's been an amazing year with larry king, my predecessor and regis philbin ending his long running show, oprah ending hers. let's watch a little clip from the oprah finale, which had a touching moment with you. >> that first day in 1984 all of my bosses, every single person in my life said you are walking into a land mine, you're going
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to be in chicago up against phil donahue and he is going to blow your socks off. >> well, she didn't do too badly. >> what can i say? >> she didn't do too badly. oprah's a great -- oprah was incredibly generous to me. she give me my first interview when i launched the show, gave me two hours and sold it out there for me for a week after. it was an amazingly gracious thing for her to have done. what do you think of oprah? >> i think oprah has risen to a level in the stratosphere unknown to all of us. it's a wonderful, wonderful story. she is an unparalleled success in our business. >> why, do you think? >> well, i think she's -- she's a compelling personality. and i think, you know, she elicits a real feeling of -- a heart-felt feeling from her viewers and from the guests as well. >> i'd never met her before she
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walked through the door for my first interview. she's genuine. oprah winfrey, beneath the billions, the empire, the mythology, the tabloid headlines is a genuine woman. that's what i experienced. >> i don't think she could get to where she is without be a genuine woman. >> is that the secret, do you think, of broadcasting, especially when you're in people's lives, in a country like america, every day, week in, month in, it finds you out, doesn't it? there's no point pretending to be something you're not. >> that's correct. i always said it is not realistic to expect me to walk down the center of every issue like a mechanical man never revealing how i feel. i think if you watched my show enough, you'd pretty much guess. i never felt that i had to be in the closet about my political views. i do think it's possible to talk too much and become an evangelical host and that's not a good thing. then you become as messianic as the people you're criticizing.
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but i didn't hesitate to say what i thought and in many ways i'm penalized for that. i mean, nobody likes a scold, a negative person. and that's, i think, the problem that we'll always confront, the liberal. >> i have to ask you what i was going to ask you at the start of this segment, which is the american dream. in many ways you personify the great american dream. >> i think so, too. >> what's happened to that dream now? is it the same? >> well -- >> should it be adapted for the modern era? what do you think? >> look at my own early history. i worked in a steel mill when i was 18 years old in the summer. i was a student at notre dame and i worked republic steel in canton, summer job. i don't know if -- do steel mills have summer jobs anymore? i'm not sure. but, you know, that's an experience for a 17,
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18-year-old. i saw the fouled air and the soot and the grime and the heat from the open harts and those guys shoveling that coal in there and their faces red and sweat and what they were breathing. and that was my really first confrontation with what work was like for millions of people. it was a tremendously informing experience to have that kind of job that young. and then i moved on to other things. these opportunities are not available today for young people. i think it's much tougher to be 17 or 18 today than it was when i was 17 or 18. and i think there is part of the reason for which you suggest is the decline of our noble experiment here. job availability. people are angry.
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we have a -- we had an administration. you know, it seemed to me that with all this -- habeas is gone now. this is a nation of law unless we're scared. it's amazing how fear just powerfully influences human behavior. it's unbelievable. george bush exercised the strategy of fear in leading the entire nation into the sword in the vietnam war. saddam is coming, he's under your bed, he's outside the window. i mean, the talking points from the white house. a smoking gun will become, you can feel the heart beat of the nation. the vote was taken in the congress a week before an election. now who's going to stand up nine, ten months after the towers were knocked down and say no to a war when we had the
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administration convincing some very bright people that it was saddam who took the towers down. false. but we went to iraq, over 4,000 american uniformed personnel were killed, 4 million refugees, a massive blunder. >> i'm going to sadly leave it there because i could do this for a lot longer. it's been a real pleasure. i can't go without asking you, how am i doing? i'm replacing an equal legend. >> you know what, i noticed it right away. you do not float a battleship of words around a rowboat of thought. you're pretty focused and direct and i think that's a real secret of, you know, get that question in. don't give them options. do you think this or do you think that? let him make the decision, or her. and it's fun. >> phil, it's been a real pleasure. thank you so much.
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steaming john mccain, cindy mccain, the wife of the senator is here today. i appreciate her being on the trail. thank you. thank you, cindy. >> mitt romney holds a big lead in new hampshire. can santorum surge or gingrich's counterattack stop romney's run for nomination? joining me now is former u.s. senator jim talent. it should be a time of great celebration. yet i would imagine at the same time trepidation for the romney camp. >> well, yeah. we don't take anything for granted. iowa was a good victory. the governor overperformed there really from what we thought. he had -- his message is working. he has the experience in the private sector, the experience with the economy, the turn around guy and the guy who can beat obama but we've got to take that message to each state, new hampshire, south carolina and work hard in every state. >> who are you most worried
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about? the "boston globe," for example, has just come out and endorsed john huntsman, who has stayed away from iowa and put all his eggs in the new hampshire basket. that's a pretty good endorsement, isn't it? >> yeah. piers, i got to tell you, i don't know. because we've had one person after another after another surge and i'm not so sure. this is the most unpredictable process that i've ever been a part of. but we have a strong candidate with a strong message. he's going to go out and do his thing in each one of these states. i'm confident that we'll get to the 1,150 delegates at some point that we need. >> is that the focus? i saw mitt romney say today the focus for him today is the numbers of delegates. the slings and arrows of fortunes as we go through these states isn't as important to him as delegates. >> the end goal is to get nominated. it's going to be we thought from
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the beginning a long process. that's why governor romney alone among all the candidates is organized in so many states, working in so many states. it's also why he tried to have a consistent message, that he's credible, caring. he's the one with the private sector experience. he can turn the economy around, beat obama. >> certainly mitt romney has run the best campaign. he's been the most consistent, he has the most money and as we see with the way he has dealt with newt gingrich, if he has to take the gloves off, he'll do it pretty effectively. i suppose the one big unanswered question is why can he not break through this kind of, what is becoming mythical 25% barrier of support in his own party? >> he's going to break through that barrier i hope and believe in a couple days in new hampshire and break very substantially through it. i look at it a little bit differently. he's the one in a very
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fractionalized field that has a solid core of support across all segments and all regions of the country. i think he's going to do very well in new hampshire and i think as the field narrows, his support is going to grow. that's certainly what we hope. he has a message that appeals across the board. it worked in iowa and we'll see if it works in new hampshire. >> he's been doing lots of safe interviews with his mates at fox. is it time that he came back on my show, showed a bit of -- not dealing with just the friendly fire all the time. >> he'd be a better guest, i guess, than i would. he's going to get a lot of fire that's not so friendly in the two debates over the weekend. i mean, these debates have been i think very revealing. governor romney is a good debater. we expect and hope that if he gets the nomination, he'll do a good job against barack obama. >> well, tell him we'd love to
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have him back on. he's slightly hiding at the moment, so out you come, tell him. >> the one thing you can't do is hide in this process. i'll pass that along. i'm sure he'd love to be on. >> send him my best. >> thank you, piers. when we come back, the youngest victim of the shooting that killed gabby giffords. now her parents tell me their very moving and emotional story. here are directions to belvedere hotel. read me that text. new message from sarah russell:'see you soon' do you think it will snow today? it sure looks like snow today. say hello to siri..on the most amazing iphone yet.
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christina taylor greene's young life was book ended by tragedy. she was born on september 11th, 2001 and she was the youngest victim of the shooting that wounded gabrielle giffords and killed five other people. there's much more to her story. joining me now are her parents roxanna and john green, they've written a book "as good as she imagined." welcome to you both. i've just become the father of a young baby daughter, my first girl. when i read this, it was just heartbreaking to read this. it's the ultimate nightmare i think for any parent. i can't imagine a worse scenario for you. do you ever get over this kind of thing? can you ever imagine a time when you will get over it? do you just cope with it day to day? how has it been for you? >> i don't think we'll ever get over it. the pain will always be there. time does heal some wounds but this is one that will always stay with us forever. we're always going to miss her be and we're always going to be sad about it. >> the picture you paint of her, she's a bright, funny, very
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cheery girl. tell me about your daughter. >> yeah, she had a lot of qualities. she was very outgoing. she loved to get people together and play and things like that and she would direct, you know, direct traffic. one day i went over to her school to visit her during lunch hour, during recess. and i peeked around and she had about eight kids around her and she was -- i saw her she was telling them you go this way and all the other girls go this way and the kids meet in the middle. that's what she liked to do. she liked to -- very social, very -- you know, she had a competitive fire to her, too. >> on the day you were just going about your normal lives and you get this awful call. you hear first, roxanna, and then, john, you get a call. it must be a sense of disbelief
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and you realize she's been caught up in this horrific incident, gabrielle giffords has been shot, presumed dead, other people have been gunned down. what are you thinking when this is all unfurling? >> i was thinking it was a nightmare and i was going to wake up. i kept on pinching myself and hoping that it wasn't real, it was that horrendous. it was horrible. days after that i would go to her room and hope to find her in her room. obviously, you know that it is real and you just, day by day, you just try to cope. we had a deep faith in god, so we prayed a lot. and that helped us. >> i interviewed mark kelly recently, gabrielle giffords' husband. a remarkable man in many ways. they were saying how desperate they feel for those who lost their lives, particularly for christina, she was so young. she would have been 10 in
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november. -- september. >> september 11th. >> he was saying, really, it's hard to reconcile what happened. have you been able to get to that point? you, john, when you first discovered when your daughter was told, did they get the person that did this? >> yes. >> did it give you any keen of comfort that they had? >> it definitely did. i don't know how people say like natalee holloway's parents, cope with not knowing. we knew exactly what happened to our daughter. it was tragic and we're still dealing with that today. but, again, our faith and our family and friends, count of got us through, you know, coping with the issues of losing a child. >> roxanna, it's an incredibly powerful book. i commend people to write it. how was it to help in the writing of it, was it cathartic
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in any sense? >> there were a lot of dark days and moments. i was like, i can't do this anymore. it's too painful. >> is it hard to reconcile your faith when something like that happens? >> no, not for me. we're very religious and we just believe she went to a better place and that she's in heaven and that someday we'll meet again. as much as we miss her, we know that she's in a better place and god had a plan for her. >> let's take a little break. i want to come back and talk about the person that did this, jared loughner, what you feel about him, what you feel should happen to him, what you feel about gun laws, that type of thing. any lessons to be learned from this? çtoooowl
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then there is 9-year-old christina taylor green. christina was an "a" student. she was a dancer, she was a game that is, she was a swimmer. she decided she wanted to be the first woman to play in the major leagues. and as the only girl on her little league team, no one put it past her. >> that's president obama speaking at the memorial of christina taylor green. this was a moment, the president
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of the united states paying a wonderful tribute to your daughter, but it couldn't bring her back, which is all you'd really want. let's talk about the person that did this, jared loughner, what are your views of him? >> well, we do feel, you know, he was mentally disturb. so we decided not to, as a family, not to talk much about him because we didn't want to glorify his position. these -- there have been other communities around the country, it seems to me, that sometimes people get -- they feel like they're going to go out in a blaze of glory and see their name, you know, in the media. and we just choose not to talk much about him. we know he's going to be -- justice will be served and he'll be taken care of. >> one of the small, i guess, crumbs of comfort that you could derive from when that happened,
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you donated christina's organs and you were able to save several other children's lives. a remarkable thing to have done. tell me about that. >> that came about with roxanna and her mother. they've had conversations in the past. and unfortunately, two years ago, roxanna's mother passed away with a brain aneurism. we had talked about being an organ donor. actually we involved our kids a little bit in that discussion, just a little bit because they were young. but wanted them to hear about it. and christina was well aware of that and thought it was a good idea. we dough natd -- when your mother passed we donated her organs. >> you set up the christina taylor green memorial foundation. tell me about that. >> the foundation, we set up a mission statement for the foundation. we thought it was a good way to -- a lot of people across the
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country, we were a little bit surprised, to be honest with you, about all the attention that christina got. we were just trying to get over the pain ourselves. but moneys came in and well wishers, you know, sent us a lot of donations and we thought, well, we're going to start this foundation in christina's name. we have helped out her elementary school with smart boards in every room so that all the kids would have equal access to that technology. we have donated some to cross middle school, which is also in town, a sizable sum to upgrade their computer technology. and that's the kind of things that the crusaders have all been. >> and if people want to help, what do they do? >> they go to, they will see various things that they need. we sell various items on the